producing & curating

One Final Act

2017

In January 2017, Rajni Shah Projects shared its remaining company funds equally between 19 individuals, who had responded to a call for proposals. This was the final act of the company, which will formally close on March 31, 2017.

Lying Fallow

2014 - 2015

Lying Fallow was a series of gatherings for 30 people exploring the notion of 'lying fallow' - curated and produced by Mary Paterson, Rajni Shah, Susan Sheddan and Tiffany Charrington.

Not Knowing workshop

2009

 

Not Knowing workshop promotional collage - from images by Rajni Shah, Helena Suarez and Manuel Vason with SPILL festivalNot Knowing workshop promotional collage - from images by Rajni Shah, Helena Suarez and Manuel Vason with SPILL festival

 

Rajni led this workshop as part of the DIY series of workshops in 2009. Please read on for a copy of the call for proposals and a link to the final report as a PDF.

José Torres Tama - UK talks, workshops and performances

2009

José Torres Tama is an interdisciplinary artist fusing multiple genres in his exploration of the effects of media on race relations, the “American Dream” mythology, and the Latino immigrant experience.

Still, It Matters

2004

In 2004, Rajni was invited by Hoxton Hall to curate an evening of performance elaborating on some of the ideas in her own piece, The Awkward Position.

Restock, Rethink, Reflect

2008

Rajni has worked as Project Director for the Live Art Development Agency on a series of projects during 2006-8 under the umbrella title Restock, Rethink, Reflect.

Sommar Boken

2005

Rajni was commissioned by the Farnham Maltings to develop a proposal for a touring theatre production inspired by Tove Jansson’s Sommar Boken (Summerbook).

Online residency for Engaged Art Network

2008 - 2009

Having met through the Art of Engagement website (now at facebook.com/artandsurvival), Rajni and Canadian artist Caffyn Kelley together decided that they would like to initiate a simple online residency program that would allow artists and activists from

Rules and Regs: Farnham

2005

Rajni Shah produced Rules and Regs at the Farnham Maltings in the Autumn of 2005. Artists spent a month working in and around Farnham, responding to a set of rules to create a series of new performances. Final performances took place within and around the Farnham Maltings and Farnham town.

Perspectives: Shifting Ground

2006

Perspectives: Shifting Ground brought together artists and audiences from the dance and live art scenes for a packed programme of live performance, film, installation, documentation and debate throughout Chisenhale Dance Space. Each performance or presentation was designed to question definitions and explore the fluid boundary between artforms.

What's Missing: eating, talking, sharing challenge

2007

What’s missing – eating, talking, sharing challenge: regaining autonomy in performance training

This workshop was developed out of a desire for community, challenge and peer to peer support specifically amongst mid career solo and independent performance artists. Its aims were to facilitate training for a small group of artists who might come together and create spaces within which to explore different questions around working with the body in performance. The process began with a private blog for four artists - a virtual space in which to share thoughts, questions, images and experiences. After six months of blogging, three of the artists came together in London and each led a day's workshop concluding in a dinner.

Rajni worked with artists Sheila Ghelani, Sally Marie and Kira O'Reilly for this project.

Field: A proper afternoon

2005

Field is a live art project which looks at space and spaces. It is a controvertible space: one that refuses to prioritise interpretation before experience. To ask “What is it? Is it this or that”, is pointless. The answer could always be yes or no, so it is always nothing. Field does not exclude the possibility of other times and other places. It is a story with no plot, no resolution. There is no clarified gameplan or artefact, and has no distinct ideas to validate it. - Matt Davis

Rajni co-curated 'A Proper Afternoon' with Matt Davis as part of Field at Chisenhale Dance Space in 2005, working with artists Britt Hatzius, Davina Silver, Ollie Bown, and Silvia Mercuriali. The event was a spontaneous collaboration involving various levels of music and performance installation using natural light change as a backdrop.

the body as culturally diverse artefact

2004

A workshop examining the use, abuse and misuse of the ethnic body in art and in society led by Rajni as part of the Chisenhale Dance Space Artists' Programme in April 2004, with artists Sam Lim, Persis Jade Maravala, and Colin Poole.

How are we framed (and how do we frame each other) as brownies? How am I already framed in certain situations as a black man / Asian woman etc? Is art representative of the fact that blacks, whites and brownies all use each other’s games, music, language, walk? Do I have a responsibility to be a role model to younger brownies? Should I take advantage of initiatives like decibel that label me as an artist of colour? Is this talk of race equality just an avoidance of talk about class?

An Invitation to Tea

2006

An Invitation To Tea, curated and produced by Rajni Shah in collaboration with Saj Fareed and Tracey Low, was a one day Arts Council England, South East conference which placed at its heart what most people consider as ‘down time’ – the food and drink. Led by six artists and using tea as a metaphor and starting point for looking at cultural diversity, An Invitation To Tea endeavoured to be an original, engaging and individualistic forum for discussion and debate.

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